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Marc Luber has some important advice for any Canadian interested in growing cannabis in their home: Be aware of the growing policies in your region. The author of Stuff Every Cannabiseur Needs to Know1 says where you live determines the growing policies, “from the height of the plant to how many plants you can grow.”

For example, in Manitoba, growing cannabis is prohibited while in Ontario a household can have up to four cannabis plants.

Once that interest to grow complies with the applicable laws, there are several options. Grow tents are often the first choice for newbie growers, because they aren’t designed for high-yield grows, and are often best for producing up to two ounces monthly. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to set up, and designed for airflow. After all, the sealed design of the tent combined with vents and air ports facilitate a whirlwind of air in the tent simply by installing a strong exhaust fan in one of the included ports.

These types of grows, along with many homegrows, will also require containers, nutrients, soil, fans, filters and top-notch lighting.

“Growers are just now starting to educate themselves as to the benefits a better lighting system can provide and they are liking what they see,” says Noah Miller, CEO of Black Dog LED, which creates LED grow lights. “With LEDs, we have the opportunity to tune the spectrum and control the quality of the plant and even go as far as to manipulate how the plant grows.”

He adds about his company’s products: “For power, we offer the most powerful lights on the market. Most of our competitors top out in the mid-600-watt range. We have a 630-watt light but we also have an 840 and 1050-watt light. These higher-powered fixtures allow us to deliver yields the lower powered fixtures just cannot attain.”

Then there’s the 21st century solution of new innovations designed to be plug-and-play. One of the most popular of these solutions catering to homegrows is Grobo, based in Waterloo, Ontario.2 The $2,000 cabinet includes Wi-Fi chips, LED drivers, two integrated circuit boards, sensors and pumps. Notifications can be sent to the grower’s phone to notify them on when to water plants or any other directive related to the grow cycle.

“But essentially, the grower does very little, just react to those notifications,” says Grobo co-founder and CEO Bjorn Dawson. “We’re a true automated system, the first of its kind, and our competitors in countries like Israel still haven’t gone to market.”

Being such a unique startup, out of the gate with a plug-and-play grow cabinet that is simple to use, Grobo is not making their automated grow boxes fast enough. Some customers can wait up to two months for the 3D-printed cabinets to reach their door.

“In five years from now, I want Grobo in as many homes as possible to show people how you can grow high-quality cannabis from home,” Dawson says.

But even with all the newfangled tech and equipment, a grower needs one under-rated non-buyable tool: patience. “A beginning grower might not get the quality they expect after their first grow,” says Luber. “It doesn’t compare to growing veggies in your garden. So you have to be patient and realize this kind of work takes time.”

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